I believe a couple’s wedding should be exactly what they desire, and what suits them best.  For couples that want a more private and low-key wedding, eloping is the perfect option!  These events are so intimate and beautiful, and typically really focus on the couple and their love for each other.  I love that, and I love capturing small and intimate elopements for couples that desire a more private wedding day.  The absolute best part of an elopement for me is having so much more time to capture my client’s at their destination, roaming around Paris or renting a scooter or Fiat to drive along the Amalfi Coast.  Can you imagine having photos of you and your spouse like this and looking at them years down the road?  What sweet memories.
If you are eloping or know someone who is, this guide of my top places to elope should definitely inspire you!
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
AMALFI COAST
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If you’re looking for THE destination wedding location of locations…The Amalfi Coast in Italy is it!  Nestled south of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula, this coastline is one of the most breathtaking places in the entire world!  It’s where towering cliffs meet the sea, blue skies and sunshine dominate and the scent of lemons drifts through the air.  The sight of the hillsides in towns like Positano are a feast for the eyes, while the local fish & seafood are a feast for the stomach.  Whether you’re cruising along the sea to the island of Capri or you’re perched high above the entire coastline in Ravello, you’ll see beauty everywhere.  It is one of the perfect locations to elope or have a small destination wedding.

FAVORITE AMALFI COAST VENUES
Belmond Hotel Caruso – Ravello
Villa Cimbrone – Ravello
Hotel Palazzo Murat – Positano

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
TUSCANY
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La mia bella Italia…  When I think about where I could see myself getting married, Tuscany is the place.  I remember my first time traveling through this area and I just fell in love – I mean, how can you not?  Rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards, historic villa’s – you absolutely can’t go wrong with a wedding in Tuscany.  You almost don’t even need that many details when the scenery is this gorgeous!
FAVORITE TUSCANY VENUES
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Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS
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I have probably photographed the most weddings in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  This area is one of my favorite locations for weddings and some venues are as little as 2 hours from Atlanta, my home base.  These venues radiate mountain elegance out of every nook and cranny.  Tops on my list is Old Edwards Inn & Spa which is host to an amazing list of venues large and small, and also has some of the best service I have ever witnessed at a venue.  Many of my clients have a family tie of some sort to this area or grew up going to the mountains for vacation.  It’s truly a special place!  I have also had the pleasure to work in many of the smaller towns in this area including Highlands, Cashiers and Asheville and have listed my favorites.
FAVORITE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAIN VENUES
Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Highlands
Chattooga Club – Cashiers
Biltmore Estate – Asheville
Lonesome Valley – Cashiers
Claxton Farm – Asheville

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
PARIS
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Oooh-la-la!  One of the most romantic places in the world, is the city of Paris.  Its beautiful streets, boats floating along the Seine, French champagne and views of the Eiffel Tower at nearly every turn.  I bet anyone could fall in love here!  Paris is the perfect place to elope because there are so many beautiful and intimate spots throughout the city to say your vows, just the two of you.  So grab yourself a tuxedo and your passport and jet off to the city of light for your elopment!
 FAVORITE PARIS VENUES
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THE LOWCOUNTRY
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The south is one of the top wedding locations in the country, and when you see some of these venues you’ll know why.  This area is drenched in history, nature, mystery and lots of spanish moss.  It has some of the most beautiful venues in the country with a charm that you can only find in this area.  The hospitality can’t be beat and the low country seafood is amazing!  These beautiful venues scattered throughout the region are some of the best that I’ve photographed at, and oh so beautiful.
FAVORITE LOWCOUNTRY VENUES (Georgia, South Carolina, Florida)
The Gasparilla Inn – Gasparilla Island
Ca d’Zan – Sarasota
Lowndes Grove Plantation – Charleston
The Jekyll Island Club – Jekyll Island
Cloister at Sea Island – Sea Island
Oyster Bay Yacht Club – Amelia Island
Ribault Club – Amelia Island
The Ford Plantation – Savannah
Inn at Palmetto Bluff – Hilton Head
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Top 5 Places to Elope | Destination Wedding Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
If you are eloping soon or having a small, destination affair contact me today to learn about my special destination photography collections!  You can contact me through my website HERE to receive the full guide.
Ciao!
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Engagement Sessions are a great way to both celebrate your engagement as well as capture more casual photos before the wedding. I’ve always recommended that my clients do an engagement session prior to the wedding so that we get to know each other and so that they can see how I work. Many clients are nervous about having their photo taken. Rightfully so, because most people don’t go around having professional photos taken of themselves all the time.

Another great thing about engagement sessions is that it gives my clients a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera, so that come the wedding day they are relaxed and not so worried about how they look. They can simply take the time to enjoy themselves and be in the moment with each other. Many brides often use this session to do a trial run of their makeup for the wedding day in order to see how it will look in photos.

I could go on with other tips and tricks to achieve great engagement photos, but I’ll save that for another post. For now, I’m excited to share some images from Melissa & David’s engagement session in Atlanta! They are getting married this weekend and I cannot wait to capture their special day!

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

We chose somewhere with both a relaxed feel as well as a more formal feel so that the images would flow well with their wedding images and location. I loved that they incorporated their sweet dog Cooper into the session, after all it was Cooper that brought the ring to Melissa when David proposed. After their casual look, they surprised me with a stylish formal look complete with champagne!

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Melissa & David Engagement Photography | Atlanta Engagement Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Cheers to Melissa & David and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Can’t wait!

Ciao!

Atlanta Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

 

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If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, you may have noticed over the last year or so that I’ve been shooting some branding photography in addition to weddings. This tiny step seems like a natural progression for me, as I’ve always loved doing more commercial and editorial type shoots alongside my weddings. It all started with this little shoot for Tailor & Table, a small floral company who wanted to streamline their imagery for their new website and have images to use on their social media that matched their brand.

In the last year I’ve mainly been shooting these branding photography sessions for other creatives in the wedding industry as well as artists and bloggers. You may have seen this little page on my website dedicated to Brand Photography, and there’s a small gallery of images that shows some of the work I’ve done. I’m getting ready to revamp that one page into a more detailed part of my site with full galleries from shoots as well as more information on these sessions and how they can enhance your brand.

These sessions are perfect for small, boutique businesses that want to make their marketing images look cohesive, show who they are, their process, how they create as well as the products that they offer. In order to sell your product or services you need to show your audience who you are and why you are special. Imagery can do that for you and attract the right clients to do business with you. When you show more of who you are and why you do what you do the right people will come along.

Here’s one shoot that I did for Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina. Old Edwards is a historic inn and resort nestled in the charming mountain town of Highlands. I have worked at their property over the years photographing weddings and events and it is a very special place. They had recently purchased some new properties and asked me to come do a shoot to capture them as well as photograph some of their food and beverage.

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We worked with the beverage director at Old Edwards Inn, Michael Searles, who created several amazing cocktails to photograph.  These types of images are great for somewhere like a cocktail bar whose menu changes seasonally.  Images from the session showed the beverages as well as some ingredients used, all shot on-location in an environment that exuded mountain the mountain charm that Old Edwards Inn is known for.
Seasonal Branding Packages | Brand Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Seasonal Branding Packages | Brand Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
Seasonal Branding Packages | Brand Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com
I am now officially expanding my Branding Photography to extend into the hospitality and travel industry!  With my extensive background in photography, weddings and events, as well as my previous experience as an interior architect, I bring together all of my visual skills to create imagery that captures you and your brand.  In addition to creatives, artists and bloggers, I will be shooting for boutique hotels, unique cocktail bars, retail establishments and other restaurants.
Seasonal Branding Packages | Brand Photography | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

These images will capture your space, cocktails, seasonal menus, products and you and your team with photography that you can use on your social media, website and blog. Clients like this need an amazing group of photographs that they can continuously use in their marketing efforts and on social media. I’m excited to offer seasonal and monthly Brand Photography to you and your business. These sessions will keep you and your business at the forefront and communicate your new and seasonal offerings to potential clients.

Look for more of these shoots soon, including an exciting one from one of my favorite bloggers! Contact me today to learn more about how to enhance your brand with photography and to book your session. Click HERE to contact me, I’m looking forward to chatting about your business and what I can create for you!

Ciao!

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For over 12 years I have been photographing destination weddings and events all over the US as well as internationally.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing destinations to capture my clients’ special day.  Traveling for destination weddings sounds glamorous, and I enjoy it and am pretty lucky to be able to do this job but it also takes experience, professionalism and an expert traveler to to navigate a new location, city, country and/or venue.

Contrary to most of my friends beliefs, being a destination wedding photographer is hard work and takes a lot of time, planning, and patience.  There’s extra steps to making the entire process a smooth one including packing the right gear, purchasing extra insurance, confirming travel itineraries, mapping out locations, special scouting sessions, guarding your bags & equipment on trains & busses and lots of searching on Google Maps!

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I personally enjoy destination events more than local one’s because it provides me with a challenge.  There’s nothing like seeing a city or place for the first time and my eyes are continuously inspired by new things, different textures, colors and light.  I also thoroughly enjoy traveling to new places, experiencing new cultures and exploring hidden vistas.  Most of my clients choose to have destination weddings because of these same reasons, which is why all but one of my weddings last year were destination.  These clients are my people and we both are drawn to travel and adventure.

I wanted to put together a list of some of the amazing locations that I’ve had the opportunity to work in.  I have photographed at many of these venues and have included a selection of my photos from these areas.  I hope these will inspire you to select a location that’s special to you and fits the vision for your day.

NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

I have probably photographed the most weddings in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina.  This area is one of my favorite locations for weddings and some venues are as little as 2 hours from Atlanta, my home base.  These venues radiate mountain elegance out of every nook and cranny.

Top on my list is Old Edwards Inn & Spa which is host to an amazing list of venues large and small, and also has some of the best service I have ever witnessed at a venue.  Many of my clients have a family tie of some sort to this area or grew up going to the mountains for vacation.  It’s truly a special place!  I have also had the pleasure to work in many of the smaller towns in this area including Highlands, Cashiers and Asheville and have listed my favorites.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa
– Rockwood Lodge
– Piermont Cottage
– Spring House
– Hutchinson House
– Inn at Half Mile Farm
– Old Edwards Club

Chattooga Club
Claxton Farm
Biltmore Estate
Lake Toxaway
Lonesome Valley
High Hampton Inn
Vineyard at High Holly
The Orchard
The Ridge Asheville

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.comDestination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Destination Weddings | North Carolina | Melissa Schollaert Photography | www.msp-photography.com

Considering a wedding in North Carolina?  Contact me today to learn about my Destination Packages and how I will capture your story.  Learn more by clicking HERE.

Ciao!

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Big news, for a limited time I’m having an album sale!  All albums will be 25% off until March 14th!  If you haven’t purchased an album, or you’d like to purchase a duplicate album for your parents this is a great time to take advantage of the offer.

An album will stand the test of time and is a tangible reminder of your big day.  These books can be passed down through the generations and will show your story to your children and grandchildren.  Who knows where digital images and technology will be years down the road.  All I know is that I have original photographs from my childhood and of my parents and grandparents that are still around.  But my personal photos from 10 years ago are lost in cyberspace somewhere.

I encourage all my clients to create a meaningful remembrance of their day in the form of an album.  My books are available in two different designs and can be completely customized to suit your tastes.

The first book is the Coffee Table Book, which comes with a box/sleeve cover.  Both the album cover and box are covered in linen or silk book cloth.  Custom logo stamping is available for an additional fee, as well as custom fabrics and other upgrades.

My clients tend to prefer this book because you can fit so many images in the book, due to it’s construction.  Books have a minimum of 100 pages / 50 spreads and are printed on thick, archival paper.

The Silk Flushmount Album is a more traditional wedding album, with pages constructed of photographic prints mounted to rigid archival board.  The album cover includes an inset image and is covered in colorful silks and linens.  All albums include a matching box with silk ribbon.

The biggest difference between this album and the Coffee Table Book is the printing, with this book having photographic paper prints.  Because they are mounted to a rigid board so they won’t bend, the book holds less images than the Coffee Table Book but is perfect for those who prefer a more traditional look.

If you’re interested in purchasing an album please reach out to me via email at melissa@melissaschollaertphotography.com or through my website HERE. Orders must be placed by Midnight PST on March 14th, 2017.

I’m excited to get started on your family heirloom!

Ciao!

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